U.S. Marine, woman arrested in Joshua Tree shallow grave homicide

MURRIETA, Calif. (KGTV) - A U.S. Marine and a young woman were arrested Wednesday for the death of a man whose remains were found in Joshua Tree National Park.

Curtis Krueger, 30, was taken into custody near Twentynine Palms Air-Ground Combat Center. Ashlie Stapp, 27, was arrested on the campus of Copper Mountain Community College in Joshua Tree, KABC reported.

Investigators said Krueger and Stapp killed 54-year-old Henry Stange. His partially covered remains were found June 2 in a shallow grave in Joshua Tree National Park.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department determined the crime scene was located in the city of Murrieta.

Police did not immediately announce a connection between the two suspects or a motive for Stange’s death.

Krueger and Stapp are charged with Homicide and Conspiracy.

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